Context – The smell of ecology.” ― R. Scott Bakker

The Quadranym Model of Word-Sensibility (Q): An Ecological Systems Perspective On Word-Level-Concepts & Contextual Unitizations – Non-Mental-Representation Representation Design Before Define Model.

  1. Introduction
  2. Theory Overview
  3. Theory & Approach
  4. The Principle of the Orientation of Interactivity
  5. Word Sensibility
  6. Psyche & Eros
  7. Driven






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Ancient and modern myths will often present a dichotomy in the human pursuit of meaning.

Summary: Before we introduce our Theory & Approach for a Word-Sensibility Model, let’s first briefly consider the overarching question. What is commonsense? At first glance the answer is obvious: everyone has commonsense, and to acquire it no one has to formally learn it, it just happens. Unlike, for instance, math or grammar, their are no formalities associated with commonsense. Still, commonsense by all accounts is a central topic in cognitive science, computational linguistics and machine learning. There are many ways to approach the questions of commonsense because there are virtually any number of issues spanning a wide variety of disciplines. Commonsense is a convenient term used to sum up the many profound complexities that form the knowledge around our common experiences. To begin our particular approach to the question, let’s first consider at least two different ways to generally approach the issues.




Summary: In these articles we introduce the idea of word-sensibility. The immediate aim is a commonsense acquisition & ontology for machine learning. The overarching goal is to develop the idea as a tool for grappling with the general matters of commonsense experience. Here is an overview.


Theory & Approach



Summary: Generally, the theoretical approach to a commonsense ontology based on word-sensibility begins with the hypothesis that word meaning is a simulation process of perceptual and motor systems (Bergin et al., 2012). We suggest that the environment drives cognitive processes and are well described as an ecology of dynamical systems (Chemero et al., 2009, 2016). Mental processes to derive meaning are deeply metaphoric (Lakoff, Johnson, 1980). Features of the panalogy concept represent metaphoric processes i.e., parallel analogies (Minsky, 2006). Word-Sensibility centers on inter-subjectivity or more specifically, Participatory Sense-Making (De Jaegher, Di Paolo, 2007). Word-sensibility research deals with grounding principles and the ability to unitize and frame normative information.


The Principle of the Orientation of Interactivity

Exploring kids

Summary: We might consider word-sensibility as a sum of information that initiates right before a word-sense is made. At this initial point it might be best generally described as one’s unattended interactivity. Unattended interactivity is used here as a generic term referring to one’s occurrent resources belonging to brain, body and environment. In theory, we suggest, that word-sensibility begins an autonomous trace between unattended interactivity and attended interactivity. For instance, when a child asks, “what is that?” unattended interactivity becomes attended interactivity for both child and parent. This begins a shared anticipation for association and, we suggest, is a basic dynamic, part of our communicative nature. It is a primitive social dynamic that a child engages with as they interact with others and will remain as an essential dynamic throughout the child’s life.


Psyche & Eros: Order from Chaos


Summary:  There is a lot of good research already done in relation to contextuality as it might pertain to word-sensibility in the relatively new field of Cognitive Poetics. Cognitive poetics is a way of thinking about literature, involving the application of cognitive linguistics and psychology to literary texts.


Driven By The Environment

Summary: Cognition has been described as an onLoad/offLoad work dynamic between self and world. According to the Extended Mind Hypothesis, (Clark, Chalmers, 1998),  the mind extends its cognitive resources by coupling with external entities (e.g., tools) that are then offPut and onSet to where they do not tax the mind and can be retrieved again. For example, language provides cognitive resources that offPut from mind and onSet to notebook. We may also consider mental resources that reassign from conscious to unconscious states as having a similar onLoad/offLoad kind of play.